Physician Coder Registration

What is a Professional Fee Services Coder?

Physician Coder is a professional who reviews medical record documentation to abstract diagnoses and procedures documented by the healthcare provider, who then uses coding manuals (CPT, ICD-10-CM and HCPCS) to translate this information into code numbers.

What characteristics do professional coders possess?

While the role of the Professional Coder does vary by organization, an individual that makes a good coder is one that is: Detail Oriented, Critical Thinker, Excellent Communication Skills, Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and loves to Read and conduct extensive Research.

Employment/Salary

According to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), the yearly average salary is based on the credentials you hold: one credential is $51,477; two credentials is $57,656; and three or more credentials is $66,659. To see what the annual medical coding salary is for you, click here to calculate your average medical coding salary you’d make, based on your credential, demographic, and job responsibility.

Note: We cannot guarantee that you can work from home upon completion of the program.

Job Placement

We do not offer Job placement services, nor can we guarantee employment, but we will provide a professionally designed resume.

Course Description: In our self-paced program the student will learn principles of medical coding related to the three main code books: CPT®, ICD-10-CM Code Set and HCPCS Level II. This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in medical coding for a physician’s office, with a goal of taking the CPC or CCS-P exams.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the purpose of the CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code books
  • Understand and apply the official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines
  • Apply coding conventions when assigning diagnoses, and procedure codes
  • Identify the information in appendices of the CPT® code book
  • Explain the determination of the levels of E/M services
  • Code a wide variety of patient services using CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II codes
  • List the major features of HCPCS Level II codes
  • Provide practical application of coding operative reports and evaluation and management services

Methods of Evaluation

The instructional methods used include reading assignments, practice exercises and other assignments, audio/video lectures, chapter review exams, and a final exam. To receive a certificate of completion, students must successfully complete the course. An overall final course score of 80% or higher is required to successfully complete the course.

Program Fees

$5,000 per student, full payment is due at the time of registration. We do not participate in the federal financial aid program and do not offer payment plan options.

Required Resources (not included)

All students must purchase the following resources:

  • AMA CPT Coding Manual 
  • AMA ICD-10-CM Coding Manual
  • AMA HCPCS Coding Manual 
  • AHIMA Virtual Lab Subscription
  • EHRGo Subscription

The following items are not included in our program:

  • Student Membership with AHIMA or AAPC
  • Examination fees required by AHIMA or AAPC

Computer Requirements

Personal Computer (not a tablet, or iPad), High-speed Internet connection.

Program Schedule

  1. Student Success (10 Hours) 
    1. Communication Skills
    2. Professionalism
    3. Business Writing
    4. Problem Solving
    5. Technology in Healthcare
  2. Healthcare Regulations (60 Hours)
    1. Business of Medicine (15 Hours)
    2. Health Record Content and Structure (15 Hours)
    3. Health Care Delivery Systems (15 Hours)
    4. Legal & Compliance (15 Hours)
  3. Language of Medicine (180 Hours)
    1. Medical Terminology (45 Hours)
    2. Anatomy & Physiology (45 Hours)
    3.  Pathophysiology (45 Hours) 
    4. Pharmacology (45 Hours) 
  4. ICD-10-CM Coding (90 Hours)
  5. CPT/HCPCS Coding (90 Hours)
  6. Reimbursement Methodologies (15 Hours)
  7. Intermediate CPT, ICD-10-CM & HCPCS Coding (90 Hours)
  8. Virtual Professional Practice Experience (40 Hours)
  9. Review for National Coding Exam (40 Hours)

QUESTIONS? Send an email to info@jlwfoundation.net

QUESTIONS? Send an email to info@jlwfoundation.net